Publications

What the party manifestos must address in 2015
Institute for Government
10th September 2014
At the Institute for Government we have identified a series of common problems and dilemmas that face, and will face, governments of all parties if they are to achieve their goals. In this paper, we look at the priorities of the main parties for 2015 and beyond. We outline the practical steps they must take to make progress on these priorities, run a more effective government and honour their manifesto commitments.
A briefing note
9th September 2014
This briefing note explains the pressures facing public services, and the process by which public spending decisions are taken – and explains five changes needed for the next spending review to be
A data-driven analysis of Whitehall and the devolved administrations
29th August 2014
This report is the first publication in our Governing After the Referendum programme of work, and is a collaboration with the Institute’s Whitehall Monitor.
Lessons from four case studies of policy implementation
17th July 2014
This report focuses on how to improve policy implementation, drawing upon four case studies of social justice policy. It considers the particular challenges and issues of implementing social justice policy and identifies eleven lessons for how ministers and officials can give their policies the best chance of getting delivered.  
Effective Support for the Prime Minister at the Centre of Government
9th July 2014
This report looks at how successive prime ministers have all had to grapple with the central machine to get a system that works best for them. It draws on insights from those who have worked inside the centre of government and makes recommendations that will help prime ministers and the Civil Service function more effectively at the centre.
7th May 2014
This report focuses on how the Civil Service should work with the two coalition parties in year five of the coalition as each develops its policy plans for the next parliament. It considers the challenges likely to arise in the final year, based on evidence of how the Coalition has functioned to date, and suggests how these can be tackled.
Dr Catherine Haddon
7th May 2014
In the run up to an election, the Opposition are usually granted the opportunity to meet with senior civil servants to discuss what plans they would have for government, if elected.
Whitehall in Year Five of the UK Coalition: Lessons from Elsewhere
4th April 2014
This paper explores the ‘separate space’ system that was set up to enable all major parties to access civil service policy support during the final six months of the last Scottish coalition, up unt
Lessons from Personal Experience
Nick Hillman
28th March 2014
This report by Nick Hillman, former special adviser to David Willetts, attempts to explain the job of a departmental special adviser.
Patterns of success in UK civil service reform
26th March 2014
Why do some civil service reforms take off, while others limp on or tail off? What factors contribute to success – leadership, governance or collaboration? In this report, we aim to expose the alchemy of successful civil service reform. We analyse four past reforms considered as successful in the last 25 years to understand their success.

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